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Feb. 13, 2010

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No. 5 West Virginia at No. 25 Pitt, February 12, 2010, Petersen Events Center

Pitt 98, West Virginia 95 (3OT)


*The game tied a Pitt program record for the longest game in history and set a record for longest home game in school history. The Panthers last had a triple-overtime game on Jan. 10, 1976 on the road against George Washington. Pitt won that game 75-73.


*With the win, Pitt improved to 6-0 at the Petersen Events Center against top-5 ranked teams. The Panthers improved to 11-4 against top-25 teams in the Petersen Events Center. Jamie Dixon is now 5-0 at home against top-5 ranked teams.


*Pitt and West Virginia met for the 180th time in series history. Pitt improved to 6-1 vs. West Virginia at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has now won nine of the last 10 matchups against the Mountaineers at home. Pitt has also won five straight against West Virginia at the Petersen Events Center. The two teams entered the game with national rankings for only the fifth time in the 180-game series.


*For the 10th time in series history, Pitt and West Virginia reached overtime. Pitt improved to 3-7 in overtime games against the Mountaineers. The two teams met in double-overtime once before on Dec. 9, 1989, with the Panthers dropping a 97-93 decision. Pitt's last overtime win against West Virginia came on Jan. 6, 1996 when Pitt claimed an 84-83 road victory.


*The Panthers' 98 points scored were the most they have ever scored against the Mountaineers, breaking the previous record of 96 points scored against West Virginia on Dec. 8, 1990. The Panthers have now scored 90 or more points in 15 of 180 games against West Virginia.


*Pitt improved its Petersen Events Center record to 129-11 overall is 54-10 all-time against Big East opponents. Pitt is 14-1 at home this year and has won 35 of its last 36 home games.


*The win pulled Pitt into a three-way tie for third place in the Big East Conference standings with West Virginia and Georgetown.


*It was the second time this year that Pitt has reached two overtimes and the third a game has gone into overtime. Pitt defeated City Rival Duquesne, 67-58, in double-overtime on Dec. 2 and mounted a furious comeback to beat Big East foe Louisville, 82-77, in overtime on Jan. 16. Pitt is now 3-0 in overtime games this season.


*The Panthers played all three overtimes without guard Jermaine Dixon, Pitt's lone senior on the roster. Dixon fouled out with 50 seconds remaining in the second half. Three Pitt players fouled out, including Dixon, Travon Woodall and Brad Wanamaker.


*Pitt's bench outscored West Virginia's bench, 34-7.


*After falling behind with 8:46 remaining in the first half, Pitt did not hold the lead until the first possession of the games' initial overtime period. Still, the game featured 12 lead changes and 12 ties. West Virginia's biggest lead was by 10, while Pitt's largest lead was by five.


*The Panthers had four players reach double figures (Ashton Gibbs, 24; Brad Wanamaker, 24; Gilbert Brown, 16; Travon Woodall, 12). The Panthers are an impressive 6-0 when four players reach double figures this season.


*Brad Wanamaker registered the fourth double-double of his career, using a career-high 24 points and a career-high tying 10 assists in a career-high 47 minutes of play. It was Wanamaker's first-ever game with a points-assists double-double. Wanamaker fouled out of the game with 3:42 remaining in the third period. He was 9-11 from the free throw line and 7-14 from the field. His seven field goals made also tied a career-high.


*Travon Woodall's 12 points gave him double-figures for the first time since Dec. 12 in a win against Kent State. Prior to the matchup against the Mountaineers, Woodall hadn't scored more than five points in a game during Big East play. Aside from scoring, Woodall also had seven rebounds and six assists while committing no turnovers.


*Ashton Gibbs' 24 points were the most he has scored since Pitt's 82-72 win at Syracuse on Jan. 2. Gibbs was an impressive 6-13 from 3-point range, including the shot that tied the game in regulation with 26 seconds to play and forced overtime. His six 3-pointers made tied a career-high (also hit six vs. Binghamton and at Syracuse). Gibbs has now had 20 or more points in nine games this season. The Panthers are 7-2 in those contests.


*Gilbert Brown's 16 points gave him six double-figure scoring games in Big East play this season and seven overall on the year.


*Gary McGhee grabbed a career-high and game-high 12 rebounds.

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